The Internet is no place for the faint of heart, and failing a Vonnegutian "Welcome to the Monkey House" future envisioned by our Facebook overlords, that’s just the way it is.
No one knows this better than the adolescent American female demographic, what with their penchant for tweeting death threats to and vandalizing Wikipedia entries of anyone who dares cast even the vaguest aspersions on, or stand too close to, their beloved Justin Bieber.
via Know Your Meme
Just one of the many ways the Internet has memorialized 'Friday' lyrics at young Rebecca Black's expense.
Yet here’s Rebecca Black, the 13-year-old star of the "Friday" viral video, telling The Daily Beast that she’s shocked by the mean things people are saying about her and the video. "At times, it feels like I'm being cyberbullied," she said.
Floating around YouTube since mid-February, Black’s massively Auto-Tuned video went viral (aptly enough) last Friday after the The Daily What posted it with the accompanying snark, "Where Is Your God Now of the Day: I am no longer looking forward to the weekend."
The Daily Beast outlines the video’s rapid reach:
Black, 13, certainly never anticipated the social media uproar, mainstream media hellfire, parodies, and remixes that greeted “Friday” as the video became nearly ubiquitous across Facebook, Tumblr, and Twitter. Time.com called the song – which provides a primer on the days of the week, innocently celebrates partying, and ponders the merits of "kickin’ it" in a car’s front versus the back seat from a wholesome teen girl P.O.V.--"a whole new level of bad" and "a train wreck." Slate proclaimed "Friday" "disastrous" while Yahoo asked straight up, "Is YouTube sensation Rebecca Black’s 'Friday' the worst song ever?"
Both the song and the video were provided and produced by vanity production company Ark Music Factory, for which Black’s parents paid $2,000. Earlier this week,"Friday" broke into the iTunes Top 100 singles chart this week, moving ahead of both Bruno Mars and Justin Bieber.
And not necessarily because people like it.
To make matters worse, Black is now in the sights of 4chan’s notorious /b/ board, reports Gawker’s Adrian Chen. With an attack date set for Saturday, March 19, members have posted contact information for Black’s school as well as her family’s contact and social networking information and a list of possible home addresses:
Chen dug up this proposal for "Operation Black Friday" circulating /b/board:
here are some simple orders. 12pm est, start calling the school with all of the numbers and tardy bull---t, fax as many nudes of ANYTHING and put rebecca's name on it. at 1pm est DDoS Ark Music Factory. at 3pm est, start requesting her (sorry excuse for) music on the radio
"And, to be fair," Gawker’s Chen points out, "some users have expressed concern over how it would look for them to target a middle schooler, perhaps having learned some lessons from the time they harassed 11-year-old viral video star Jessi Slaughter into police protection.":
"I fully support the action against Ark Music Factory, though think about how the media could spin targeting a 13yo girl," wrote one 4channer. "They would try to use it to discredit and smear the name of Anonymous, potentially detracting credibility from future efforts." Another possibility: 4chan's founder moot steps in and shuts down the raid. (He's been cracking down recently.) We'll see.
Not for nothing, "Operation Black Friday" seems a bit late to the Rebecca Black party, especially one that essentially started on mainstream media. The Daily What is part of Ben Huh’s "I Can Haz Cheezburger?" franchise, an empire built on the backs of 4chan memes.
That’s mainstream media, kids.
More stories about the annoying way we live now:
- Kid body slams bully, gets his own cartoon
- 4chan founder: Zuckerberg wrong on privacy
- Can the Internet and pop culture be friends?
- Famous Internet cats commemorated in cheddar
- Bieber fans go on Grammy-fueled Wikipedia rampage